The Scholastic Book Fair is Here!


Book Fair is Almost Here!

Book Fair is Almost Here!

It’s that time once again . . . . Durham students, parents, faculty and staff are invited to visit our annual Scholastic Book Fair during the week of Monday, February 29th through Friday, March 4th. Shopping hours are 8:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. (with a 1:30 closing Friday afternoon). Students will be visiting with their Reading classes (Origins and Spanish for 8th graders) on designated days but are welcome to visit other times as well with passes from their teachers. Scholastic earnings support 100% of the media center’s trivia prizes like this September’s The Maze Runner paperback giveaway and October’s Spooky Books Trivia, as well as goody bags for students who participated in this past summer’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. School supplies like pencils and fun, complimentary bookmarks offered at the circulation desk are also purchased with Scholastic credits as are many of the displays and signage featured throughout the year. The recent additions of two device charging stations, and the multimedia table, have also been made possible because of annual book fairs. Plans are also in place for a media center furniture refresh for the spring which will be funded solely by this fundraiser. For additional shopping options, be sure to check out our Online Fair which will run from Monday, February 21st – Friday, March 4th with books shipping to the school around a week after its close. The Durham Media Center appreciates your support in its efforts to get books in the hands of its students.

Feeling Groovy Book Fair


To see some of the awesome books featured in our fair, check out this 


8th Grade Drama Students Defy Stereotypes

Beginning Monday, February 22nd, Drama and Broadcast teacher Mrs. Zwolle and Media Specialist Mrs. Baker are teaming up to lead 8th grade Drama students through a study of stereotypes in an effort to gain understanding of the role stereotypes play in dramatic production. Mrs. Baker will guide students through a variety of  activities focusing on stereotypes present in society. Students will turn their reflection inward to explore how they might personally be typecast by others. In opposition to those labels, they will write poems titled Just Because with the goal of debunking their stereotype. Students will then use Vocaroo to record audio recitations of their poems which they will also turn into QR codes. Their efforts will be on display in the main hallway so that others may learn from their stories. Students will also perform their poems orally in class.

For daily activities, check out the PowerPoint utilized to gather the daily lessons: Defying Stereotypes PowerPoint

HEY CLASS! If you’d like to learn more about former UGA, and prospective NFL, football player Malcolm Mitchell, who himself defies stereotypes, check out the following additional resources: (F.Y.I. These videos filter through YouTube and will be blocked while on campus. Hopefully your learning and interest extend beyond our school walls.) Swing by the media center to chat with me about how remarkable this young man is.)

Malcolm Mitchell Speaks to Usher’s New Look Foundation

Malcolm Mitchell High School Highlights

Malcolm Mitchell UGA Freshman Highlights

NFL Combine Ranking 2016

Here are our final products on display in the main hallway:

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Defying Stereotypes

6th Grade Social Studies: Latin America Pathfinder

Calling All Experts! The switch has been flipped, and you are the teacher! Now that you have had the opportunity to brainstorm a list of questions to guide your research process, let’s dive in. Utilize the Latin America Pathfinder to help you get started in Cobb Digital Library. After you have exhausted these suggestions, you are welcome to further expand your research but use this guide first. Let’s do this!

Calling All Expert Groups!

6th grade students collaborate in their expert groups to plan their project goals.

6th grade students collaborate in their expert groups to plan their project goals.

Students utilize the media center computers as they implement technology into their project plans.

Students utilize the media center computers as they implement technology into their project plans.

This Valentine’s Go on a Blind Date with a Book!

There are no awkward questions, no forced conversation, no judgmental looks, no need to call. Just have a blind date with a book! Sure, it might turn out to be a dud, or it could be the diamond in the rough you wouldn’t have given a chance otherwise.

“Blind Date with a Book” is like going on a date without knowing who will show up at your door; take a book home without knowing its. Each book features a description and genre tags. This is how it works:

1. Read the description label on the front of a package.

2. Select the one you will take home.

3. Check out item at the circulation desk.

4. After check out, unwrap and see what book you have chosen.

5. Fall in love with your book.

 There’s no knowing until you check it out . . . Stop by soon to find your special match.

Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book